All About Progesterone & Acne

Progesterone & AcneIf you’re a woman struggling with hormonal acne, you may be interested in learning about the hormone that your body produces called progesterone and its effects on acne.

What’s Progesterone?

Next to estrogen, progesterone is the other most famous female sex hormone. It is produced in the ovaries and in lesser amounts in the adrenal glands.

Progesterone has a number of important jobs including normalizing blood sugar levels, facilitating thyroid hormone, regulating the menstrual cycle, allowing a woman to have a healthy pregnancy, as well as being a natural anti-anxiety and anti-depressant.

It also enhances the positive effects of estrogen, while preventing the state called estrogen dominance.

Your hormones never work alone; they always work in ratios. Often when a hormone goes out of whack, it causes symptoms (like acne) because it is out of ratio with its partner hormones. [Read more...]

Tracy Dumps the Ice Water On Her Head for ALS

Ice Bucket ChallengeHey guys, so I’ve been nominated by my friend Kevan to do this ice bucket challenge thing! So I’m doing it!

Although some people are hating on the challenge because it’s “faddy” now…. but I don’t see how you can hate on something that brings awareness, gets people thinking of others, and donating to charity! Even if it’s annoying, it works.

And if you be bitchin’, just watch this and you’ll probably change your tune: [Read more...]

Chelsea’s Acne Success Story

Chelsea's success storyI’ve had moderate acne since I was about age 12 or 13. At first I didn’t think too much of it. Until one day in art class, a friend was staring at my nose.

She pointed to her nose, and kept staring at mine. So I wiped at my nose, thinking she was letting me know there was something on me, but she shook her head and said something along the lines of “you have a huge zit”.

And I thought, seriously? People notice this stuff and just bring it up out of nowhere?

So I started wearing makeup. Cheap drugstore makeup, I had no idea how bad it would be for my skin.

My Skin Got Worse

Eventually my parents bought me Proactiv. It cleared my skin maybe 60% or 70%. But it was extremely drying and harsh. I figured I had to do it because I was cursed with poor skin and got the short end of the stick.

I grew up eating processed packaged food, mall food court junk, and was incredibly picky and hated veggies. I barely tolerated fruits. Never had any idea this would be affecting my skin! Or my weight! Or my general mood and energy! [Read more...]

What is Oil Pulling, and Could It Clear Your Skin?

Oil Pulling for AcneBy popular demand, it is here! The acne and oil pulling article.

So, first of all.. what the heck is oil pulling?

Well, it’s a popular health practice that has roots in the ancient Ayurvedic medicine system of India.

You swish some oil (usually unrefined sesame or virgin coconut oil) in your mouth for 20 minutes or so and then spit it out and brush your teeth.

What is supposed to happen is that the physical properties of the oil draws out the bacteria in your mouth, and you dispose of it in the sink, resulting in much better oral health (whiter teeth, better breath, lower tooth sensitivity, less plaque etc)… but they also say it can have a profound effect on the wellness of your whole body.

Yes, it’s another one of those things that the internet says will cure anything this side of the moon, including acne. [Read more...]

Ask the Readers: Is It Actually Possible to Heal Ice Pick and Boxcar Acne Scars Naturally?

Heal Deep Acne Scars Naturally

This month’s ‘Ask the Readers’ question is about whether or not it’s actually possible to heal deep acne scars naturally – like ice pick, box car, or rolling scars (submit your own question here).

Kyla writes:

Is it possible to heal ice pick and boxcar scars naturally?

I can’t help but feel a but hopeless about them, because so far the answers that I have gotten are “you’re stuck with ‘em, sorry” or “do this scary chemical/surgery thingy that may or may not work and leave you with more scarring.”

So friends… has acne left you with deep scarring? If so, have you found anything that has actually worked for you to get rid of them or at least lessened their appearance significantly?

Please share in the comments below! [Read more...]

My Life Without Alcohol

Life Without Alcohol

When I started clearing my acne holistically 4 years ago, I decided to give up alcohol completely. Initially it was for the health benefits, but to this day I still don’t drink any alcohol.

Sure, I’ll have a chocolate bar – or even cheesecake – every once in a while (because I love chocolate and cheesecake), but I rarely, if ever, have a drink.

I’m not saying this to sound like a goody two shoes, or because I think alcohol is soooo bad that I won’t touch it. I honestly don’t think it’s a big deal to have a few drinks sometimes. If you like to drink, I’m so not judging you, I’m just sharing my own experiences here.

Unless you’re consuming huge amounts of it on a regular basis, personally I think the sugary soda & stuff it gets mixed with is worse than the alcohol.

The reason I’m talking about this is because some of you out there who are regular drinkers & partiers might be on the fence about giving up alcohol…. you’re thinking about it, but you are concerned about who you will be without that crutch. Which is a totally valid concern. [Read more...]

Esther’s Guide to Clear Skin

Esther's Guide to Clear SkinThis is a story by Love Vitamin reader Esther, who shares her tips for naturally clear skin (submit your own reader story here!)

I hated it when people tried to give me advice on how to deal with acne; the truth is that so many different things can cause it, and I really do believe it’s different for everyone.

But there are definitely some patterns I’ve spotted while doing research, and I feel I am somewhat qualified to give some advice now that now my skin is 99% clear.

I have a thing about internet privacy so I am not showing a photo of my entire face but this is my actual before and after photos of my skin:

Before and After Acne The Love Vitamin

I started getting acne over a year ago when I decided to start buying acne products to improve my skin. Instead it went from mild to mottled.

I had declared that “I am someone with acne therefore I should buy acne products.”

Here’s the most important thing I learned:

#1 – Acne is Caused By Your Beliefs

Acne is Caused By Your Beliefs

If you want to be someone with nice skin, you need to change your story. If I asked you to describe yourself and you said “I am someone with acne…” that was your first mistake!

Start thinking and acting like someone with perfect skin NOW. [Read more...]

Probiotics and Acne: The Ultimate Guide

Probiotics & Acne

In many cases, acne can be at least partially traced back to problems in the gut, and taking probiotics to treat acne may be one of the most important things you can do.

You body is made up of hundreds of trillions of bacteria. Most of us think of bacteria as a bad thing, but your body (and particularly your gut) is also made up of good bacteria which is absolutely essential to your health and wellbeing.

The good bacteria in your gut help you digest your food and absorb nutrients, boost your immune system, and eat up bad bacteria. They also help you to avoid digestive issues like diarrhea, constipation, IBS, lactose intolerance, and leaky gut.

When your gut is in balance, the good bacteria should outnumber the bad guys about 5 to 1, but when this is not the case, the bad bacteria can cause a host of gut issues – and since our body is holistic, the issues can stem out from there to the rest of the body and wreak havoc.

The skin is particularly linked to the gut and a poor bacterial balance can heavily promote inflammation in the skin. For a lot of people with acne, fixing up this ratio in the gut can go a HUGE way to clearing your skin. [Read more...]

Ask the Readers: How Long to Stick With Acne Supplements to See Results?

How long to stick with supplements?This month’s ‘Ask the Readers’ question is about how long to stick with taking a supplement for your acne (submit your own question here).

When is the right time to call it quits if it doesn’t seem to be working?

I have cystic acne all along my lower jawline area. I’m sure it’s hormonal since It comes on really bad once a month. I never had this problem until about a year ago..I am 36 years old.

I started taking Thorne SAT and the Estroblock supplements about one month ago and haven’t seen much change yet.

How long would you recommend sticking with it to see if I get good results?

Kelly K.

So friends… how long do you think you should stick with a supplement to see if it works? (I don’t mean just these Thorne SAT and Estroblock, but any supplement)

Please share in the comments below! And if you have specific experience with the two supplements mentioned please share that as well! [Read more...]